Our QT Py boards are a great way to make very small microcontroller projects that pack a ton of power - and now we have a way for you to turn many QT Py boards into powerful audio play projects that are super small!

We call this the Adafruit Audio BFF - a "Best Friend Forever". When you were a kid, you may have learned about the "buddy" system; well, this product is kinda like that! A board that will watch your QT Py's back and give it more capabilities.

This PCB is designed to fit onto the back of any QT Py or Xiao board, it can be soldered into place or use pin and socket headers to make it removable. Onboard is a MAX98357 audio amplifier and picoblade-compatible connector for plugging in a 4 or 8 ohm speaker. We use A1 for the audio data, A2 for wordselect clock, and A3 for bitclock. The SD card connects over the SPI port: MOSI, MISO and SCK plus A0 for card select.

This pinout will work with ESP32 series, nRF52840, and RP2040 chipset boards. It won't work with the ATSAMD21 'original 'QT Py because those pins on the SAMD21 are not I2S capable. However, you could cut and rewire the traces to connect to the I2S pads if desired - personally, we recommend just upgrading to an RP2040 QT Py instead.

We include some header that you can solder to your QT Py. You can also pick up an Itsy Bitsy short female header kit to make it removable but compact, you'll just need to trim down the headers to 7 pins long.

Speaker, microSD memory card, and QT Py are not included.

This guide was first published on Jul 19, 2023. It was last updated on Jul 25, 2024.

This page (Overview) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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